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University Hospital to hold free peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings Sept. 25

Individuals who suffer from leg pain when walking may have peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a circulatory condition that can be dangerous because it blocks the blood vessels in the legs.

University Hospital will hold a free PVD screening, "Legs for Life," Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at University Health Care Manlius, 102 W. Seneca Street. Parking is free and refreshments will be served.

The most common symptoms of PVD are aching, tiredness or cramping in the legs during walking or exercising, which disappears after a few minutes of rest; coldness or numbness and tingling in the lower legs and feet; and ulcers or sores on the legs or feet that do not heal. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and family history of heart disease or diabetes contribute to the development of PVD.

The screening will also evaluate individuals for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Those at highest risk are men over 60 years old who are past or present smokers and/or who have a family history of AAA. Early detection and treatment is the key to reducing the risk of rupture.

The "Legs for Life" program is sponsored by University Hospital, its Division of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology and Vascular Surgery Department and The Society of Interventioanal Radiologists. To register, contact Health Connections at University Hospital, 315-464-8668.